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POSTPONDED – Wideyed Book Launch Agri[culture]

Sadly this event is now postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

18th March 2020 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm, University of Sunderland, Showcase Space, Priestman Building, SR1 3PZ

The launch will take place at the closing event of their exhibition of the same title.

The book celebrates the culmination of a 2 year project by Wideyed photographers Lucy Carolan, Richard Glynn, Louise Taylor and Nat Wilkins, which focussed on the culture of agricultural shows in the North Pennines area, near where they live.
The closing event offers a final opportunity to see the exhibition, which also features rurally-themed work by students of University of Sunderland and University of Wyoming, produced in response to Wideyed’s Agri[culture].

Image: ©Nat Wilkins

#WatchAgain – Live stream at Side Gallery with Dean Chapman and Tessa Bunney

Our partners at Side Gallery streamed a live conversation between Tessa Bunney and Dean Chapman last Friday watch it again HERE

Otherwise Unseen will run until Sunday 5th April, 2020 alongside Waiting for Winter by Rena Effendi


News from Networks – Damien Wootten – Juliet Chenery-Robson – March 2020

Sadly this event is now postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Close The Door On Past Dreariness

Photographs of Newcastle’s Homeless by Damien Wootten

20th March – 24th April, 2020

All are welcome to attend the Preview on
Saturday, 21st March 1.00pm – 3.00pm 

Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, NE1 1SG

Government figures for autumn last year show that there were 4,266 people sleeping rough in England, but this statistic has been described by homeless organisations as ‘not being fit for purpose’ and a huge underestimate. But even these figures show an increase in rough sleeping of 141% on 2010.  A recent BBC investigation suggested that the true figure is closer to 25,000; in Newcastle 224 people were recorded sleeping rough at least once over the past year.

Damien Wootten’s photographs in this exhibition were taken in Newcastle upon Tyne between November 2017 and March of this year.

Image: ©Damien Wootten



Until 31 March 2020

The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix

A multimedia project celebrating women and ageing by Juliet Chenery-Robson, Karen Ross and Alex Henry supported by the National Innovation Centre for Ageing.

Image: ©Juliet Chenery-Robson

NE Socially Engaged Photography Network
 – Meet up

Thursday 21 November, 6-8pm

The NewBridge Project : Newcastle

Free, all welcome

The Newbridge Project, NEPN and Side Gallery are working alongside fellow cultural organisations, photographers, community groups and academics from across the country to discuss and accelerate the practice of socially engaged photography.

As part of this initiative we are hosting our first North East regional network meeting, giving organisations and individual practitioners the opportunity to come together, share ideas, projects and questions about this practice. For the first meeting we will also be joined by Open Eye Gallery’s Head of Engagement & practitioner, Liz Wewiora, to offer more information on how the initiative first developed.

In the spirit of social practice, the network is shaped collaboratively by its users and so we would love to invite anyone interested in photography / lens based media and socially engaged arts practice to come along and help us develop its future.

Accessibility: NewBridge Newcastle has limited accessibility, this event will take place in the Co-Work space of NewBridge Newcastle. We regret, due to the age of our building and its change of use we do not have a functioning lift. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

Artist Talk: Fiona Crisp

Join us to hear Fiona Crisp talk about her exhibition Material Sight, and her practice in greater depth on Wednesday 9 May at 6.30pm at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The event is free but booking is requested HERE

Fiona Crisp explores how we might encounter spaces where the frontiers of knowledge are being expanded. Material Sight is a new, large-scale commission that uses photography, moving image and sound to approach the material environments where experiments that challenge the limits of our imagination are carried out. For nearly two years Crisp has worked with three world-leading research facilities for ‘fundamental science’: Boulby Underground Laboratory, sited in the UK’s deepest working mine, Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology and Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, the world’s largest underground laboratory for particle physics, housed inside a mountain in central Italy.

Material Sight runs until 13 May 2018 at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and will then tour to Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology, London from 7 June – 14 July 2018.

Fiona Crisp is an artist known for creating installations of large-scale photographs that question the presence of the photographic object as an unstable and deeply equivocal phenomenon. Her projects have been created by spending intensive periods of time in particular locations. Previous projects have included working in the Early Christian catacombs of Rome, and in a Second World War underground military hospital. Crisp studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The project Material Sight has been supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Crisp’s work is held by several national collections of contemporary art, including Tate, the British Council, Arts Council and Government Art Collection. Fiona Crisp is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

This event has been programmed in partnership with NGCA: as part of our series exploring the relationship between photography, science and technology, Observe. Experiment. Archive.

Image: Fiona Crisp, Osservatorio Astronomico di Campo Imperatore, 2018.   Giclée print from colour transparency.  Image courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.


A Collective Endeavour: A Discussion with Document Scotland

The Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Saturday 6 May 2017, 1.30pm-3.00pm

As part of the current exhibition at The Granary Gallery –‘Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland’, Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with NEPN invites Document Scotland to explore the motivations, benefits and responsibilities of working collectively in the age of individualism.

We will be joined by Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Sarah Amy Fishlock of the collective who will present their own photographic work and discuss how working collectively can amplify the social and political impact of photography and its reach.

Free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance, via

Programmed by Berwick Visual Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland(11 February – 14 May 2017) at The Granary Gallery.

Beyond the Border is an Impressions Gallery Touring Exhibition curated by Anne McNeill together with the Impressions Gallery.

 Image: Jon Richardson, known as Gaius Iulius Raeticus, Glasgow (detail), 2013 ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / courtesy Impressions Gallery


Portfolio & project peer mentoring for early and mid-career photographers. 

The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ

Saturday 6 May – 10.30am-12.30pm  SPACE AVAILABLE 

Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with NEPN and Document Scotland invite early and mid-career photographers from North-East England and the Scottish Borders for a portfolio and project mentoring session.

The session will provide critical advice in a supportive and informal environment. Bring along your portfolio or work in development in physical prints or on laptop to discuss with fellow photographers and artists and members of Document Scotland, Berwick Visual Arts and NEPN.

There is a maximum of 6 participants for this event and an application process in place. Applicants should submit 1 page (max.) artist statement, including brief description of the project or work they would like to discuss, biography and a link to their work. Please submit applications to: by 5pm on Thursday 4 May.


Photographer Talk: Michele Allen

Photographic artist Michele Allen will be speaking about her practice and recent projects at City Library & Arts Centre, 2nd Floor (Meeting Room), Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE on Wednesday 27 April at 6.30pm. 

This talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Programmed in partnership with NGCA.

Michele Allen is a photographic artist and researcher based in North East England. Her artistic and academic work is broadly concerned with sense of place, and is created in response to specific locations incorporating photography, video and oral history. Her practice often involves some degree of collaboration with communities in its production, and she has exhibited work as site-specific installations and more conventional gallery exhibitions.

She is interested in revealing hidden histories, or unfamiliar views of places and is fascinated by the variety of different perspectives that can exist in connection to any given place or situation. She regularly presents papers about her work at conferences across the UK and has exhibited nationally. Her work has been supported by the AHRC and Arts Council England.

For this talk she will discuss her current exhibition at Sunderland’s City Library & Arts Centre ‘Public and Private’, a series of photographs, texts and a video piece that was produced whilst she was artist in residence at Durham Castle (a UNESCO world heritage site). The work responds to the castle’s history as a site of government and current use as a home to students of University College, tapping into the heritage site’s relationships to the wider region. Originally conceived as a site-specific installation in the castle, the work will be reconfigured in the library building, bringing images of artefacts and texts from the Castle’s collection to Sunderland (a historical province of County Durham) to further reflect on the relationships formed between Durham and the wider region. She will also discuss a new body of work ‘For the Elevation of Man’ exploring changes to public space, which will be exhibited in the Library & Arts Centre this May.

Public & Private opens on 9 April and runs up until 11 May 2016 (Private view 15 April 6-8pm, all welcome).

For the Elevation of Man opens 14 May until 18 June 2016.  (projects 2004-2010, new site currently in development) video produced during Durham castle residency ‘Aesop’s Feast’

Image: Untitled from the series Public and Private, 2016 © Michele Allen

Aaron Guy, A Shift in Extraction

Aaron Guy’s new artwork A Shift in Extraction is to be exhibited at the Hatton Gallery as part of a curated group show ‘Unsensed.’  Directly developed from earlier works made during a residency at Newcastle’s Mining Institute which was supported by NEPN in 2011, A Shift in Extraction explores how the layers of our environment are being shaped by invisible forces, changing the way we interact with the urban landscape.

The exhibition runs from 19 September – 12 December 2015, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.


Image: Blue Wave from A Shift in Extraction ©Aaron Guy



Great North Greats – Development Opportunity

Great North Run Culture (GNRC), NEPN and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for practicing photographers/photographic artists, in the context of the GRNC-curated exhibition ‘Great North Greats.’  Great North Greats, currently exhibited at the Discovery Museum, explores some of the most important luminaries, inventors and innovators in the industrial and social history of the north east and celebrates the region as the birthplace of many great scientific developments and inventions.  Among them, Joseph Swan, a physicist and chemist, inventor of the incandescent light bulb and an early pioneer of wet plate photography.

Critical Context
In recent years we have seen a resurgence of interest in 19th Century processes, and of the materiality of the resultant prints and their function as art objects and collector’s items.  The wet plate photograph is a one-off, a limited edition work and exists as a counterpoint to the throwaway, point and shoot nature of the digital photograph.

A number of questions arise for practicing contemporary photographers when exploring this medium. Can the delicate craft and skill needed to use this process be combined with concept and can the created works be said to be ‘critically-engaged’?  What is the relationship between traditional and digital process, particularly when our images are now shared through digital networks and social media.  Do photographs created in this way become artefacts?

5 photographers, selected through open call, will be offered a free collodion photography workshop, to be delivered by photographer Paul Cordes, and access to the rich stores held at the Discovery Museum to inform a short enquiry relevant to their current research interests.

The wet plate workshop will be held on Monday 12 October 2015, applicants will need to be available on this date.  A tour of the archive is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3 October.

The selected cohort will be invited to share their learning at an informal reading group for participants and a small number of invited practicing photographers.

Application deadline: 22 September 2015 at noon.  Please note the tight turnaround time for applications.

Applicants should consider how this practical workshop and visit to the museum stores would benefit their professional practice and inform their conceptual enquiries when submitting:

  • A short (1 page max.) letter of interest which should include description of a short enquiry or project they are pursuing of relevance.
  • CV
  • Up to a max. of 3 images of previous work or links to portfolio

Please email application to: with the subject line ‘Application: Photography’

Opportunity supported by Great North Run Culture, The Great Run Company Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council and Port of Tyne.

Image: Installation as part of Great North Greats, Discovery Museum ©Colin Davison

The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project – Closing Celebration!

The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project Closing Celebration!

Friday 1 May, 5-9pm

18 Fawcett Street, Sunderland

Join us at the Closing Celebration of The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project to mark the end of what has been a triumphant month long residency for the artists, hosted by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and the people of Sunderland.

Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale devised their Pride of Place Project concept so that everyone can join them in thinking about who we are – and how we live now. The Sunderland Pride of Place Project hub on Fawcett Street has been a space for everyone to participate, and over the past month the walls of the pop-up exhibition space have been filled with artwork, photographs, quotes, poems, sculptures, postcards and memories from the people of Sunderland.

Jan and Chris have shared their own photographic impressions of the city at the hub and met many local people including some of Sunderland’s more colourful characters! An extensive exhibition of their work, extra{ordinary} – Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery can also be seen at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art until 1 May, and is accompanied by a new hardback publication which is available at the special price of £20.

Workshops and events have been held in the Pride of Place Project hub and have prompted conversations and connections between people who might never have ordinarily met. It is hoped the legacy of The Caravan Gallery’s project will be one of creative sharing, communication and collaboration, so that similar exhibitions and events will continue long after they have departed. A commemorative publication featuring highlights of the project will be produced and The Caravan Gallery will return later this year for a book launch and reunion.

The Closing Celebration will be a chance to see what is now an extensive exhibition and social commentary about what it means to live in Sunderland now. There will still be a chance to contribute to the hub’s activities throughout the event and also again on Saturday 2 May (the final day of the project). Refreshments will be provided but visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks too, and there will be a chance for people to perform poems, songs or play their own music during the event.

For more information please contact NGCA: 

Image credit: ©The Caravan Gallery